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Today is National Donut Day! Curious where the breakfast treat originated? According to the Smithsonian, it seems donuts have been around so long it’s hard to place exactly how it got started.

In the 19th Century, Elizabeth Gregory, a ship Captain’s mother was credited with creating the pastry using cinnamon and nutmeg, but originally the donut didn’t have a hole in the middle. Gregory’s son, Hanson has been noted for making the donut as we know it today.

The first donut machine appeared in 1920 in New York City, when Adolph Levitt, a refugee from czarist Russia, began selling fried doughnuts from his bakery.

In 1937, Krispy Kreme was formed in North Carolina which spread throughout the South. Today, there are as many donut stores as there are a variety of donuts.  We just can’t seem to get enough of the sweet golden rings of goodness.

Take a look at these 5 places to grab a donut in Williamson County to celebrate the day, some donut eateries are even offering freebies and deals.

1. Dunkin’

4930 Thoroughbred Lane, Brentwood 37027
9100 Carothers Parkway, Franklin 37067
2098 Wall Street, Spring Hill 37174

 

Dunkin’ is offering guests a free classic donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage. Dunkin’s special offer to celebrate National Donut Day is good all day Friday, June 7, at participating locations while supplies last.

2. Krispy Kreme

1733 Mallory Lane, Brentwood 37027

This year, Krispy Kreme wants to give away one million doughnuts. If they accomplish their goal, they will have another giveaway later in June for a new flavor. Offer-One free donut at Krispy Kreme on Friday. No purchase necessary.

3. Five Daughters Bakery

230 Franklin Road, Franklin 37064 (In the Factory at Franklin)

The 100-layer donuts are available in three states-Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee. Lucky for us, we don’t have to travel that far- just to The Factory in Franklin. And don’t forget about the paleo donuts.

4. Daylight Donuts

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4926 Port Royal Rd Suite F, Spring Hill, TN

Stop by for fresh donuts made daily and coffee from local roaster Muletown. Grab a donut Monday – Saturday, 6 am until 6 p, and Sunday 6 a -5 p.

5. Tiny Little Donuts

328 5th Ave N, Franklin

 

This renovated airstream is offering the best “tiny little donuts” because smaller donuts have fewer calories, right? On Friday, they are giving away free donuts from 8 a – 9 am. You can try one of the six flavors from plain to lemon glaze on Tuesday- Sunday from 7 am until 1 p.

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